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The Complete Photo Guide to Beading Paperback – Illustrated, December 1, 2012
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Traveling widely to teach, lecture and research beadwork for nearly 20 years, Robin Atkins is a nationally known bead artist. She has authored several beading books as well as numerous magazine articles. Robin enjoys all types of beading. However, she especially loves to sew beads on cloth. Currently her two passions are fabricating sculptural pieces and combining bead embroidery with bookmaking to create bead-embellished journals. She is excited to see the development of beadwork in the past two decades, as it has shifted from the world of craft toward the world of art. She resides in Friday Harbor, WA. Visit her online at http://www.robinatkins.com.
- Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781589237186
- ISBN-13 : 978-1589237186
- Product Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.63 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Quarry Books; Illustrated Edition (December 1, 2012)
- ASIN : 1589237188
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #980,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been beading and doing bead embroidery for 25 years, and I have at least 150 beautiful books about both, including Robin Atkins' other books. So I wondered if I'd get anything new out of this one. I needn't have wondered - it is a top-quality book and might replace a few I have on my bookshelf. I learned useful things right away. It covers all the things you can do with beads - stringing (including making a wire clasp), weaving, and embroidery - with clear instructions and detailed projects to get you started. Even though I am chock full of my own creative ideas, which I will never live long enough to accomplish, I still wanted to try more than one of her projects.
Every page has something interesting to look at. The photographs are superb, particularly the close-ups of hands actually doing the steps listed in the instructions. The quality of the physical book itself is excellent, the paper and printing, the color in the photos, the sheer overwhelming number of them.
I highly recommend this book to any level of beader - if you're just beginning, this is the book for you and let the others wait. If your skill and creativity levels are already high, you'll still find this book inspirational and a great reference.
An additional plus is that Robin Atkins is truly responsive to questions and shares freely on social media and through her blog at [...]
This is the ultimate reference and takes you from different ways to string beads, to weaving beads, to crochet and knitting with beads,to using beads on fabric. Once you learn some of Robins basics you can go anywhere with beading and have fun going there!!! Even experts will learn new ways of doing things in this book. I appreciate having so much good information in one book and look forward to utilizing some of her lessons and projects. As I have scanned through some of them, it looks like she makes it easy to learn them. I do not hesitate to recommend this book to any stage of beader. A very good investment!!
I also like very much that she included some wire working information which, newbie to wire working that I am, I could put to use right away. Here again her attention to detail shines through in things like suggesting testing the hammer taps on one's hand to get used to the feel.
Further, the range of projects is broad and interesting. This is a book I definitely will use and enjoy over and over--and continue to praise as I do so. I can recommend this book without reservation--except that you might find yourself so inspired you could be beading way into the wee hours of the night.
Thank you Robin!
This book came to me just at the right time as I began experimenting with bead embroidery and bead embellishments. It's an A to Z "how-to" book with added inspiration and information to expand your ideas, knowledge and skills in this craft. I can't write enough positive words about this book and I haven't even used it page by page yet.
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Tried to cover too much.